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Army Veteran Roman Shneur Pursues Healthcare Management

Berkeley College Prepares U.S. Army Veteran for Career in Healthcare Management

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Roman Shneur emigrated from Smolensk, Russia, in 1992. After going back and forth between school and full-time employment, Mr. Shneur enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving from 2002 to 2009 with two tours in Iraq. “I joined the military to change my lifestyle and better myself,” he said.

Shortly after returning from overseas, Mr. Shneur began taking healthcare and business management courses at Berkeley College in Midtown Manhattan. A resident of Brooklyn, NY, he took night classes while working during the day as a supervisor for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, an organization that helps veterans with healthcare eligibility. Working at the center’s location in Brooklyn, Mr. Shneur was recently promoted to Supervisor Program Specialist.

Mr. Shneur credits Berkeley College’s public speaking and business management courses with helping prepare him to take on the responsibilities that come with a healthcare management position. “Those courses helped me to speak freely and professionally to my peers, while also teaching me how to run a department properly,” he said.

Earning a B.B.A. in Health Services Management from Berkeley College in 2012, Mr. Shneur views graduating as one of his greatest accomplishments. “It was an amazing feeling to hold my college diploma for the first time, knowing that I finally achieved a goal I had been working toward for so long.”

Up Close with Roman Shneur

What does success mean to you?

The ability to enjoy life, knowing that you worked hard for it.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

I wanted to attend a college that offered a degree directly related to my current role at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Berkeley College had healthcare and business management programs, accepts the Post-9/11 GI Bill and conveniently offers night classes for full-time employees.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

By providing me with the knowledge to progress in my field.

What advice would you give to college-bound students?

Do not allow obstacles to block you from your success.

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